Flavor Flav Pleads Not Guilty to Driving on Suspended License

Famed rapper faces felony charges after cops allegedly caught him speeding on the Meadowbrook Parkway to his mother’s funeral.

Credit: NYS Police
Credit: NYS Police

Rapper Flavor Flav pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony and violation charges after his arrest earlier this month for speeding and driving on on a suspended license.

Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on felony charges of driving with a suspended license, as well as two violation charges for marijuana possession and speeding. He was released conditionally on probation and is due back in court on Friday.

"Just from me to you, I want everyone to have the most prosperous 2014,” he reportedly told a reporter as he left the courthouse, according to Newsday.

The 54-year-old Long Island native was busted Jan. 9 after being stopped for speeding on the Meadowbrook State Parkway. State police said they clocked Flav’s Hyundai at 79 miles per hour near the Southern State Parkway and pulled him over in Hempstead at about 9:30 a.m.

During the stop, troopers discovered Flav’s license had been suspended 16 times and reported that he smelled of marijuana.

"Drayton was released on an appearance ticket in order to allow him to attend his mother's funeral," the Valley Stream troopers said in a statement that day. He tweeted on New Year’s Eve that his mother, Anna Drayton, had passed away.

January’s arrest is one of many in Flav’s history, which includes domestic violence, robbery, cocaine and marijuana charges, and attempted murder in 1993.

Born and raised in Freeport, Flav developed a love of music at an early age and while attending Adelphi University, met Carlton Ridenhour, better known as Chuck D. The two would join rappers Terminator X and Professor Grif to create the group Public Enemy.

Jack January 28, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Public Enemy was a racist anti-American rap group. Flav and his group did nothing to help this country and only added to the black youth separatist problem we have today.
anonymous January 28, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Jack...yes, I agree with you on that BUT...from a purely musical point of view...PE was damn good.
Brendan January 29, 2014 at 08:37 AM
I wonder if I would get released on an appearance ticket if I was doing the same thing and if I had similar extenuating circumstances.
Robert Roden January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Jack Kett doesn't write that way. I don't believe that was his post. This forum is no longer trustworthy.
Brian January 30, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Sorry for your loss flav.


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